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Old 03-14-2015   #1
 
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A few years back, I rehabbed an old boat with a cheap Chinese drop stitch floor. I have also noticed a number of other products using drop stitch material. The floor I bought was way cheaper than damn near anything that you could get from a US based custom inflatables type company.

So, here is my question: Does anyone know where a person could order some raw drop stitch material in relatively small quantities?

I have a few ideas about things I could do with this stuff, and I feel pretty confident that I could cut it to shape, seam up the edges, and add a valve.

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I just ran across this really a buyers guide. Drop stitched inflatable kayak: https://www.seaeagle.com/RazorLite/393rl

Says it can go 6 mph.

Try alibaba for drop stitch material. They sell the machines to make drop stitch.


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I just ran across this really a buyers guide. Drop stitched inflatable kayak: https://www.seaeagle.com/RazorLite/393rl

Says it can go 6 mph.

Try alibaba for drop stitch material. They sell the machines to make drop stitch.


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I've seen those drop stich suppliers on alibaba.com. I have no idea how to go about buying something on alibaba. Seems like it is a place where wholesale importers can connect with Chinese factories. Anyways, all of the dropstich suppliers on alibaba seem to have a minimum order quantity of around 1000 sq meters. I am not trying to start manufacturing here, just want to play around a bit.
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I've seen those drop stich suppliers on alibaba.com. I have no idea how to go about buying something on alibaba. Seems like it is a place where wholesale importers can connect with Chinese factories. Anyways, all of the dropstich suppliers on alibaba seem to have a minimum order quantity of around 1000 sq meters. I am not trying to start manufacturing here, just want to play around a bit.

My wife is a logistics manager and has done a lot of international shipping through Asian factories and communicates through email and says its surprisingly easy, even with the language barrier. If you can find an email for one of those companies, translate ur email into factories native tongue and just ask what they do with scraps. May be able to buy a box or bag of drop stitch scraps.

I know the owner of a local iSup company here in my town. I can shoot him an email and ask if he knows how to get some. Might be easier to get pieces from isup companies than to go through an Asian factory.


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